February 26, 2020

Aparna Nethaji

Chinos are a great way to bring versatility to your outfit. It's the best option between keeping it casual, yet formal. There's a difference between trousers and chinos; Trousers have more pockets and are built with finer fabrics like silk, linen, and wool. They're usually worn for business meetings, weddings, or special events. Then there are khakis, made more durable with heavyweight cotton twill, perfect for outdoor activities, while jeans would be considered worn at very relaxed occasions. That's why there are chinos, made of lightweight twill cotton, meant to be worn for an occasion just between casual and formal.

Chinos have breathable, moveable fabrics allowing the wearer to shift from workwear to a casual evening. They can be mixed-and-matched with formal and informal button-down shirts for that day to evening transition. Chinos come in neutral shades, some with subtle prints to bring balance to your outfit's colour scheme. Fit matters most when it comes to understanding the right chino for the right occasion. When worn correctly, you can achieve a balanced smart casual look for any event.


With a regular fit, your silhouette will look far more relaxed. They're a great option for men with a bigger build. They offer easy movement, with fabrics and colours still suited for semi-formal occasions. Pair regular fit chinos with Polos and casual button-down shirts like a plaid shirt. Canvas sneakers look good with regular fit chinos.

Fitted from the top to the bottom, the skinny fit chino is perfect for men with a toned or leaner build. They're tighter at the hips, contour-hugging all the way to the ankles. Pair with heavier layering pieces like a sweater to bring balance to your shape.

The fit allows for some movement, creating a slimmer silhouette. The ankles are slightly more boot-cut for a skimmed look. Pair slim-fit chinos with slim-fit button-down shirts and a lightweight layering piece like a cardigan. Slim-fit chinos look best with loafers and slip-on shoes like a penny loafer.

These types of chinos elongate and streamline your silhouette. They're roomier by the hips and thighs and tighter by the ankles. They're form-fitting around the knees and ankles proportionally. They can be paired with roomier smart casual button-down shirts and loafers.

A trim fit is a cross between the skinny fit and a slim fit. It offers more room than a skinny fit, but slightly tighter all the way down to the ankles than a slim fit. With a trim fit, there is moderate movement. Pair with tighter shirts and casual dress shoes.